One of the only arguments being put for schools becoming an Academy is that they will get more money, and it will protect them from cuts and job losses.
In fact a number of Academies are already making cuts, and more are expected to follow.
Waterhead Academy in Oldham only opened in September, but already faces a ‘significant’ funding shortfall. The Head has told staff that there will be redundancies. There are rumours of significant job losses.
Both Crest Boys and Crest Girls Academies in Brent, run by E-Act, have tried to make staff redundant.
Other schools are making people redundant in advance of becoming an Academy, so that the local council have to pay for it.
We all need to make sure staff and parents know that becoming an Academy will not stop cuts or save jobs. To do that we need to stand together for a democratic, accountable, properly funded education system.